News & Events: Upcoming Events

Interested in volunteering with CMLC? Come to a Volunteer Information Session!

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30-6:30 PM at the CMLC office located at 847 Case Street in Hendersonville, NC.

At the session, you'll take a tour of CMLC and meet staff, AmeriCorps members, and fellow prospective volunteers in the office. You'll learn all about CMLC, our mission, and how you can get involved through a short presentation given by the VCEA.

This information session can count as a volunteer orientation for new volunteers, so you'll be ready to get started!

Contact Ericka, the VCEA at or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!


Join CMLC at Foster Creek Bog/John Humphrey Farm in Mills River for a day of volunteering on Friday, November 6th.

The farm and bog located in Mills River are owned by John Humphrey, a long time CMLC supporter and volunteer. The property is CMLC's first conservation easement and is a convenient volunteer site for people living in Asheville and Hendersonville. This property is beautiful and holds more ecological treasures than could ever be noted. 

The work day will begin at 9:00AM and end at 2:00PM. We will be using the cut-stump method to treat non-native invasive plants such as larger climbing oriental bittersweet and barberry. Additionally, there will be some hand-pulling of smaller invasive plants surrounding the bog. This work will allow for the precious bog ecosystem to flourish and will remove some of the non-native invasive plants smothering the fragile ecosystem. The work will be entirely outdoors and will involve long periods of standing, bending, stooping, and handling larger sections of invasive plants, including some with thorns. 

That being said, we will have drinks and snacks, and it will be a great time doing awesome work with a fun group of people, including CMLC staff, AmeriCorps members, and other volunteers. Please come out and get things done at Foster Creek Bog on Friday, November 6th!

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at, at 828-697-5777 ext. 211 or click the VolunteerSpot link below!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

On October 25th, CMLC staff, board members, AmeriCorps Project Conserve members, and community volunteers are joining together to tackle 3 special projects in Henderson County. After a fun and meaningful day of service, CMLC is inviting everyone to join us back at our office in Hendersonville to celebrate our hard work and enjoy some refreshments and good conversation!

Make a Difference Day at Rhododendron Lake Park:

Rhododendron Lake Nature Park is a long term project for the town of Laurel Park, and the project is currently underway. Once completed, this area will be a community area. This project will restore native habitat through non-native invasive species removal. This work will be outdoors and will involve standing and bending for long periods of time and using hand tools such as loppers, hand-saws, pruners, and hatchets. There may also be some herbicide usage for chemical control of non-native invasive plants.

Make a Difference Day at Flat Rock Park: The Park at Flat Rock is a new community park located pretty close to the CMLC office! The park was once a golf course and has been reclaimed for public use. Currently, it offers a 1.5 mile loop trail, but there are plans for future trails and community spaces, including an interpretation center, open fields for recreational space, and observation decks through both bog and wetland ecosystems. For this project, we will be pulling, cutting and treating non-native invasive plants and overgrown vegetation surrounding native plantings. Work will be outdoors and is moderately strenuous, involving long periods of standing, bending, and using hand tools. Some volunteers may also be using power tools such as a string trimmer.

Make a Difference Day at Super-Sod Conservation Easement:

No more volunteer space left--The spots are all full for Super-Sod! Our volunteers are awesome! The Super-Sod property is a 335 acre property with a 3 miles buffer easement along the French Broad River managed by CMLC. This project will involve planting milkweed and other pollinator plants on the CMLC easement. Work on this project will be outdoors and will involve long periods of standing, bending, and planting. Be prepared to get dirty and maybe a little wet during the planting process! 

For more information or to sign-up, contact Ericka, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at or go to our VolunteerSpot page below!


Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Journey along the Appalachian Trail with CMLC on Wednesday, October 21st at the return of our Speaker Series. Local hiker, author, and CMLC Trails & Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr will present a slideshow movie featuring his AT thru-hike adventure. Peter hiked the 2,178-mile Appalachian Trail prior to joining CMLC's staff in 2010.  The event will be held at the Hendersonville County Public Library in the Kaplan Auditorium from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

Peter Barr dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail since a family sightseeing trip to the Great Smoky Mountains at age 10. Ever since, he knew that he would return one day to that venerable path on a much longer journey--from Georgia to Maine. In 2010, Barr set out on an adventure to relocate from Charlotte to western NC and pursue a career protecting the landscape most dear to him--one that would ultimately bring him to CMLC. Prior to the move, he embarked on his dream of a 2,181 mile journey on the AT. Barr's hike included -100 miles of side-trips to peaks, waterfalls, views, and other points of interest. His movie slideshow of photos and video set to music features highlights from his 161 day adventure. Barr has hiked all 900 miles of trails in Great Smoky Mountains NP, reached the highest point in 40 US states and all 100 NC counties, and climbed the highest 200 peaks in the southern Appalachians. Barr is also the coordinator for the NC chapter of FFLA which seeks to preserve and restore historic WNC fire towers. His thru-hike raised funds to restore the Shuckstack fire tower on the AT.

The event is free and open to the public. The movie features photo slides and some video set to music that chronicles Peter's journey starting in Georgia and ending in Maine. The film runs 60 minutes and will be preceeded by a short talk and followed by discussion and questions.

Sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter The Holler and stay up-to-date on CMLC news and events!

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at or call at (828) 697-5777 ext. 211

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 28,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.

Join CMLC and the Children and Family Resource Center for Butterfly Bash in the Ironwood Arboretum behind CMLC on Tuesday, July 28th from 10 to 11:30am. This event is organized and planned by Megan Edwards, CMLC's Youth Leadership Intern for her end-of-term project. Thanks, Megan! 


The themed event will be for elementary-age children or younger and their parents, but of course, everyone is welcome! Activities during the event will include crafts, games, and lots of hands-on learning. For the grand finale, CMLC will release 2 Monarch Butterflies that have been raised in the office from eggs! 


For questions, email Megan Edwards or call the office at 828-697-5777 ext. 212.


CMLC is partnering with the Center for Cultural Preservation and David Weintraub for our June Speaker Series! 

Call of the Ancient Mariner, a new film by Hendersonville filmmaker David Weintraub, will hold its Hendersonville premiere at the Unitarian Fellowship in Hendersonville on Friday, June 12th.  The documentary wowed Charleston audiences last month when it played to packed houses and won Best of the Festival at the Charleston Film Festival. 

Mariner tells the story of man’s love affair with sea turtles that goes back since the dawn of time.  The film was shot throughout the Southeastern US and all of the original music was created by local WNC musicians.  In addition to offering audiences a chance to see a film that Charleston Film Festival director Paul Brown called “compelling” and “truly resonating with the audience,” the June 12th showing will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Land Protection Director Tom Fanslow from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and representatives from MountainTrue.  The film will be followed by a DVD Release Party in Fellowship Hall featuring musicians Carol Duermit and Michele Skeele as well as refreshments.  DVDs and T-shirts will be available for sale following the screening.

The Hendersonville debut will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship at 409 E Patterson St off of Kanuga Avenue at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 12th.

To order your tickets today, visit the Center for Cultural Preservation's Screening Page and choose June 12th or call the Center at (828) 692-8062.  Call of the Ancient Mariner is a production of the Hendersonville-based Center for Cultural Preservation and is co-sponsored by the NC Arboretum, WNC Nature Center, SC Aquarium and Turtle Hospital. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, MountainTrue, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Get your hands dirty with CMLC, Carolina Mountain Club, and REI Asheville on National Trails Day, Saturday June 6th. Help build the new extension of the Little Bearwallow trail in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge.
Spend a fun day in the woods while being part of constructing one of the region's newest and most exciting hiking trail systems. The new trail is a segment of the developing 15-mile Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail that will connect the grassy bald of Bearwallow Mountain to other conserved lands in the Gorge, including the scenic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures as well as CMLC's 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve.
No experience is necessary, but adequate physical fitness (for working in rugged terrain while using heavy tools) is required. Participants will receive a special edition REI volunteer T-shirt. Space is limited to 20 volunteers. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Workday will last from 9:00AM - 2:30PM. Wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, dress for poison ivy, bring work gloves, sun protection, water and snacks/lunch.
Registration via REI Asheville is required. Meeting information/directions can be found through the link below.
For questions, contact CMLC Trails and Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr at or 828-697-5777 ext. 215.

The Mills River Partnership (MRP) is pleased to sponsor the second annual “Mills River Day” on Sunday, May 31st from 2-5 p.m., hosted by local farm, North River Farms (3333 North Mills River Road). Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Weed Action Coalition of the Hickory Nut Gorge (WAC-HNG), and many other groups will be in attendance.

Join MRP in celebrating the theme “The River Connects Us” to learn the many aspects that join the Mills River community and watershed to the greater Hendersonville/Asheville area through the use of the river’s resources.  This event aims to educate participants about the river and water quality issues, help build stronger sense of community, and raise awareness of local agriculture.

This fun and educational community event for kids of all ages will have a bounce house, farm animals, wagon rides, farm equipment demonstrations and displays, fire safety house and fire truck demonstration, ice cream and BBQ. Live music by the Lonesome Road Band. 

It will also feature fun-filled water quality activities including fly-fishing and kicknet demonstrations for river “bugs” and water improvement projects near the river, as well as agricultural activities including the Farm Simulator and a no-till demonstration.

Also, meet local author Marci Spencer available to sign her newest book Pisgah National Forest: a History

The event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. The first 100 visitors will receive a flowering hanging basket. 

For more information or media inquiries, please contact MRP at 708-7388 or visit

Through Mills River Day, the Mills River Partnership hopes to foster connections between the Mills River, the people who use its water resources, and the people who live within its watershed. The Mills River Partnership is a not-for-profit organization that addresses water quality in the Mills River watershed. MRP has a diverse board of directors, with members from the agricultural community, local governments, and conservation organizations. MRPs work focuses on educating the local community about water quality issues and helping farmers and other landowners implement best management practices to control sediment pollution.

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) Tuesday, April 28th from 7:00PM to 8:00PM at REI Asheville to learn about the new CMLC White Squirrel Hiking Challenge, Version 3. CMLC is challenging outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels to get outside and explore the most beautiful locales among their 28,000 protected acres. Hike on your own schedule to 8 CMLC-conserved lands to earn the famous white squirrel patch. Come learn all about how to take the challenge, the amazing trails and destinations to hike, and how your efforts will help save more land and earn you free hiking gear.

Registration is Required. You can register here.

Contact Sarah Harden, CMLC Outreach Associate, for more details:; 828-697-5777.

Please join CMLC and Patrick Horan for the late April Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 22nd to learn about current hemlock restoration projects. 


Over the last decade, the exotic forest pest, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) has ravaged our southern Appalachian forests. Since the “arrival” of HWA in our area, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has been working to protect our native Eastern and Carolina hemlocks from this attack. Come and find out how HWA kills hemlocks, how predator beetles can protect these special trees and what CMLC is doing to promote hemlock restoration.


The CMLC Speaker Series featuring CMLC, Patrick Horan, and current hemlock restoration projects will be held from 6:00-7:30pm at the Henderson County Public Library.


The event is free and open to the public.


For more information on the event, visit, or sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, The Holler.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at or 828-697-5777.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 28,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.


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